Forum on volunteerism held

Forum on volunteerism held

The forum highlighted the principles good citizenship, service, and volunteerism for national development.

 

 

 

A forum on volunteerism was participated in by University of Baguio (UB) NSTP students and facilitators last Jan. 11 at the UB Gym.

 

The forum highlighted the principles good citizenship, service, and volunteerism for national development.

 

Corazon Macaraig, OIC director of the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA), served as the keynote speaker. She discussed the concept and importance of volunteerism and the role of PNVSCA as the lead agency in the implementation of volunteer programs in the country. She also talked about the National Service Training Program, or NSTP, as a form of volunteerism, mentioning that the new common module for NSTP students which will be formulated by the Commission on Higher Education will be anchored on the concept of volunteerism.

 

Meanwhile, Mark Conrad Ravanzo shared his journey as a volunteer and how his I Am M.A.D. (I Am Making A Difference) Foundation started. Accordingly, he was a registered nurse by profession but soon found his passion in serving others. During his college days, he said, he felt the joy of volunteering during community immersions. He likewise emphasized the importance of loving one’s family.

 

Moreover, Kenneth Siruelo, a senior volunteer service officer of PNVSCA, imparted stories of good practices in volunteering. He shared the story of Keep Hope Alive, a youth volunteer organization started by a group of individuals doing volunteer activities under the NSTP that took a leap to create positive change in the lives of the Mangyan community in Oriental Mindoro. He also shared the story of Aliah Baniaga Adam who works as a peace advocate lecturer in Marawi and who works with different organizations through prayer rallies, intercultural dialogues, friendly competitions and leadership camps. The A.K.A.P. (Alay ng Kwaderno, Karunungan at Panulat) ng La Salette, according to Siruelo, has benefited underprivileged children who were in dire need of school supplies in far-flung areas. He said the program has benefited more than 1,700 poor children whose drive to learn was greatly affected because of the lack of basic school supplies. Lastly, Siruelo shared the story of Kenjave Mark Parlero who pioneered and initiated the Ipagtuturo Literacy Outreach Program for Indigenous People.

 

The last speaker, Edward Era, shared his journey as a volunteer and how the Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Kabataan ng San Pedro and the Mga Munting Hiling Foundation, Inc. were founded. Era is the national president of the National Youth Volunteers Coalition.

 

Tokens of gratitude and certificates of recognition were presented to the speakers by Dr. Janice Kaylyn Lonogan, UB’s vice president for academic affairs. 

 

The forum, designed to enrich the sense of volunteerism among the NSTP students and student leaders especially in the community, was organized by the UB Extension and Community Outreach Services Office and the NSTP Office in collaboration with the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency. – Ireneo Matic III

 

 

 

 

 

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